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Thode letter: Political correctness

Political correctness is, in one dictionary, defined as “conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated.” I keep hearing people express opinions that the trend toward more political correctness is a problem, or in extreme cases, it’s what’s wrong with the country today.

I don’t understand these people. It’s as if they’re saying that it’s OK to offend people. Why would offending people ever be a desirable thing to do?

Some political campaigns seem to be based on the idea that it’s OK to offend people. Much of what is said in these campaigns can be described as politically incorrect. This tendency has brought out an ugly streak in many otherwise seemingly decent citizens. It seems that racism and sexism, in particular, are desirable behaviors in these campaigns.

I hope that this tendency away from political correctness can be eliminated, or at least stuffed back into the closet.

Walt Thode, Boise

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